Denise and Yasmin connect the struggle for LBGT rights with struggles against privatization and criticize how marriage equality obfuscates the fact that essential services like healthcare are not available to all, or in the case of education are under attack.
Yasmin Nair is a writer and activist in Chicago. Her work focuses on queer activism and struggles. She also writes for Against Equality, an online archive, publishing, and arts collecive dedicated to challenging the rhetoric and politics of inclusion.
Last week, 45 people were arrested in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, for watching a video on the uprising in Egypt. They were charged with treason and were tortured by government personnel. One of the detainees was pushed out of a second floor window resulting in a broken leg. Some of the detainees are HIV positive and in need of their life-saving medicine. All have been denied access to medical treatment, lawyers and proper meals.
The Chidamoyo Christian Hospital in Zimbabwe has been . Chidamoyo is located in northern Zimbabwe and provide invaluable services to the people in their surrounding areas, many of whom are subsistence farmers.
They provide a wide range of care including both in-patient and out-patient treatment along with laboratory, x-ray and pharmaceutical services. Many of the patients treated are either infants or those suffering from AIDS related illnesses.